THE WORLD’S MOST SPECTACULAR MUSEUMS

The Most Spectacular Museums In The World

Max Rosenberg May 29, 2013,
maritime museum lingang chinaHG Esch

Museums house spectacular historical artifacts and works of art. But many museum buildings are pretty spectacular in their own right. A jury of experts from buildings database Emporis selected the world’s most impressive museums, from Frank O. Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

BMW World in Munich, Germany has a distinctive double cone. It is used both as an exhibition hall and also for getting cars to new customers.

The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France has all of its elevators, stairs, and pipes on the outside of the building. As a result, interior walls can be rearranged to adjust floorplans as exhibits change.

The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France has all of its elevators, stairs, and pipes on the outside of the building. As a result, interior walls can be rearranged to adjust floorplans as exhibits change.

Michael Hierner

The Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz, France has a lattice roof inspired by a Chinese bamboo hat.

The Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz, France has a lattice roof inspired by a Chinese bamboo hat.

Centre Pompidou-Metz

The Experience Music Project in Seattle was inspired by a broken Fender Stratocaster guitar. It was endowed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The Experience Music Project in Seattle was inspired by a broken Fender Stratocaster guitar. It was endowed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Alain Lucier

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain is a work of art itself. It has also put Bilbao, an industrial city, on the map as a center for art.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain is a work of art itself. It has also put Bilbao, an industrial city, on the map as a center for art.

Cesar Serrano

The Jewish Museum Berlin is actually two buildings. The newer one has a zigzag footprint and a shiny titanium facade.

The Jewish Museum Berlin is actually two buildings. The newer one has a zigzag footprint and a shiny titanium facade.

Michael Hierner

The Kunsthaus Graz in Graz, Austria has almost 900 fluorescent bulbs that can display rough images and animations.

The Kunsthaus Graz in Graz, Austria has almost 900 fluorescent bulbs that can display rough images and animations.

Maleen Diestel

The Maritime Museum in Lingang, China has two curved roof shells in the shape of sails over the exhibition hall. It is large enough to display ships.

The Maritime Museum in Lingang, China has two curved roof shells in the shape of sails over the exhibition hall. It is large enough to display ships.

HG Esch

The MAXXI in Rome, Italy took 10 years to build. It has exposed concrete, glass, and steel.

The MAXXI in Rome, Italy took 10 years to build. It has exposed concrete, glass, and steel.

Jan Martin

The Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico was commissioned by billionaire Carlos Slim to display his art collection. Around 17,000 metal plates help to create that facade.

The Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico was commissioned by billionaire Carlos Slim to display his art collection. Around 17,000 metal plates help to create that facade.

Rafael Gamo

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar is located on an artificial island. Its design is on display as the sun creates contrasting light and shadow.

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar is located on an artificial island. Its design is on display as the sun creates contrasting light and shadow.

HG Esch

The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan has fins over its wavy glass facade to prevent direct light from entering.

The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan has fins over its wavy glass facade to prevent direct light from entering.

Kevin Hemphill

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil is known as the “Museu do Olho,” and the “eye” can be seen from a distance.

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil is known as the "Museu do Olho," and the "eye" can be seen from a distance.

John Lima

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada was designed using overlapping glass and aluminum to create a “crystal” structure.

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada was designed using overlapping glass and aluminum to create a "crystal" structure.

Edvard Mahnic

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is the oldest Guggenheim Museum. It has a 400-meter long ramp that spirals its way to the fourth floor.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is the oldest Guggenheim Museum. It has a 400-meter long ramp that spirals its way to the fourth floor.

Tectonic Photo

Now see some more great architecture.

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